Tag Archive | worship in spirit and in truth

Genesis 1:3-4 ” And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.”

The diversity between bright sunshine and complete darkness is a stark contrast.  In bright sunshine, we can walk confidently, even in unfamiliar terrain, for we can see the path we’re following and the obstacles around us.    But when it’s total darkness, we struggle to make our way…stumbling, falling, and lurching along…fearful of the next step.  Isaiah 42:16 speaks of this, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.”  Allow the God of light to illuminate your path today with truth and wisdom.

II Chronicles 33:16-17 ” Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrified fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel. The people , however, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.”

God had been very specific to Moses on where and how to sacrifice offerings to Him. (Leviticus 17:3-5)  But the people had fallen into the habit of worshiping at the high places of false gods instead…and it became Israel’s pitfall.  Even King Solomon became too comfortable and apathetic about where he worshiped God…for it tells us in I Kings 3:3, “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.”  By using the altars of false gods, the Jewish people were unwittingly incorporating and melding deceptive ideology into their worship of the one true God.

Ephesians 6:14 ” Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…”

It tells us here to stand fast against the enemy, but unless you’ve prepared for battle ahead of time, the enemy will  have you for lunch.  The belt of truth is that solid foundation of doctrinal knowledge of God’s Word…It’s His unshakable, unchangeable, everlasting truth that we need to gird  our heart, soul, and mind with.   Our belt of truth also holds all our weapons in place around our waist… weapons that are always at the ready.  Finally, this belt of truth  girds us with the power and authority of Jesus Christ to stand firm against anything the enemy throws at us.

I John 2:10-11 ” Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”

I love nightlights!  I’ll admit I have at least 8 spread throughout the house, casting their subtle radiance so I won’t trip and fall in the dark.  God’s truth is like a nightlight into our darkness…showing us His way so we won’t stumble.  But when we choose to not live by the light of His truth, we are easily deceived and blinded by lies that only foster hatred and distrust against our fellow-man.  When we love one another, the light of God’s truth illuminates situations, obstacles, and personalities for what they really are…exposing hurting hearts and revealing with honesty how we’re more alike than different.

Colossians 2:2 ” My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ…”

You may have been like me…your parents took you to Church every Sunday, you participated in activities at Church, and you even memorized Bible verses.  You had lots of head knowledge about God…but it never migrated south to your heart.  It wasn’t until years later when I had a very personal encounter with Jesus, that my life was changed forever.  So what happened?  We can go through life knowing “about” something, but it’s not until we come to the full comprehension and experience it for ourselves that it’s made real.  When God reveals the spiritual truth of just who Jesus Christ is to us and that He died for our sins…there is no longer any confusion.  For the spotlight of truth shines brightly onto our wretched lives, and we see ourselves for what we really are…a sinner needing salvation.

II John 2 ” Because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever.”

Truth comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in you.  We are to be firmly established in that truth, which is ultimate, absolute, and divinely revealed, but at the same time difficult to distinguish from all the world’s noise.  That still small voice is a whisper against the clamber of everything around us.  Oh how wonderful it would be if the Holy Spirit had a blow-horn poised by my ear to direct me!  But instead I must listen…and listen acutely for His voice.  Do you want to know the truth?  Then you must train your ears to listen carefully, blocking out the din around you and disciplining your mind .  As this verse says, the truth lives within you…you just need to listen.

II Timothy 4:3-4 ” For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than the conviction of the Lord as He shines the light of truth onto our sinful lives.  Conscience-stricken, we nervously look for a way to escape the situation and the guilty feelings that are overwhelming us.  Humans don’t like feeling convicted…instead, we’d rather hear  lovely, benign  platitudes and feel-good stories that don’t offend.  Over history, mankind has fabricated falsehoods in their minds…lying, deceiving fables and myths that go against the teachings of the Bible…but help to make them feel less guilty about their own forbidden and unrighteous desires. These fables and myths gloss-over doctrinal truth…rejecting the Gospel and deceiving the listener.